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28 September 2011

Chemotherapy appears safe in pregnancy

Treating pregnant cancer patients with powerful chemotherapy drugs appears not to harm the foetus, but pre-term delivery to avoid exposure to chemotherapy does harm the child.

Treating pregnant cancer patients with powerful chemotherapy drugs appears not to harm the foetus, but pre-term delivery to avoid exposure to chemotherapy does harm the child, according to a study released by cancer experts.

While results presented at meetings are usually considered preliminary, he said the data show there is no need for pregnant cancer patients to have abortions or delay chemotherapy treatment beyond the first trimester but stressed that doctors should avoid inducing early birth, if at all possible.

 
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